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New Buses for Obama's 'Tour' Cost Taxpayers Millions
FoxNews ^ | August 15, 2011

Posted on 08/15/2011 9:42:51 AM PDT by maggief

By Josh Gerstein, Politico

The Secret Service has revealed to Talking Points Memo that the government has purchased two armored buses for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhofascism; bus; bustour; democrats; liberalfascism; obama; obamacampaign; secretservice; taxandspend; taxcheatparty; taxes; tour; youpayforthis
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Reuters Pictures 11 minutes ago

U.S. President Barack Obama steps aboard a bus upon his arrival at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport in Minnesota, August 15, 2011. Obama is travelling to the Midwest on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

REUTERS

1 posted on 08/15/2011 9:42:54 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

why is the govt paying for this? each campaign should


2 posted on 08/15/2011 9:44:31 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: maggief

They purchased these buses with taxpayer’s for a 3 day trip?

What idiots!


3 posted on 08/15/2011 9:45:27 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: maggief

This is the kind of armored bus Clint Eastwood’s character could have used in “The Gauntlet.”


4 posted on 08/15/2011 9:46:11 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority (Where is the middle ground on insolvency of the United States government?)
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To: maggief

By damn I bet those things cost a Million bucks apiece, and God only knows how much fuel they will burn.

Nothing is too good for our boy Obama.

I bet Sarahs bus isn’t armored.Although I would say the paint job cost ten thousand dollars.Only we didn’t have to pay for it.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 9:47:44 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: maggief

What a waste of money just to stroke his ego! What will this tour accomplish for him? Photo-ops?


6 posted on 08/15/2011 9:48:05 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: maggief

Obama’s new buses will get great fuel mileage and will not need wheels. He’s thrown so many people under there they can carry it around the country.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 9:48:34 AM PDT by red-dawg (Biden says I am a terrorist - I say he should RESIGN NOW.)
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To: maggief

Name Obama’s bus the “Chicken Bone Express.”


8 posted on 08/15/2011 9:48:34 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: maggief

Well... someone probably authorized this.

It says the Republican will use the other bus.


9 posted on 08/15/2011 9:49:04 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: maggief

Thank God for those busses..

Can you imagine the pain living thru a full year of MLK’ing Obama in the main stream media if he got hisself assassinated?..

It would be excruciating.. extremely painful.. on every single channel YES even FOX...

I have been worried that the democrats would off him themselves.. for just that purpose..
Thank god for little blessings.. those buses are cheaP...


10 posted on 08/15/2011 9:49:32 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: maggief

ok ok... let not get silly here, it’s not like they are going to send these to the scrap yard next week. A president (any president) needs to be secure, and I am sure Rick Perry will appreciate these fine buses when he becomes president.


11 posted on 08/15/2011 9:51:24 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

Nag Nag Nag


12 posted on 08/15/2011 9:52:33 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: maggief
for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond

Another article I read said that the Secret Service deemed the charter buses they've seen as unsuitable for the security concerns regarding their charges. So, they're buying these buses for use across the board in their protective duties. Less of a big deal than the headline indicates.

13 posted on 08/15/2011 9:52:41 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: maggief

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All around the town.

The President on the bus goes “Give me more tax!
Give me more tax! Give me more tax!”
The President on the bus goes “Give me more tax!”
All around the town.


14 posted on 08/15/2011 9:53:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: maggief

Commie bastard. His campaign should be paying for this!


15 posted on 08/15/2011 9:53:15 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: maggief

Commie bastard. His campaign should be paying for this!


16 posted on 08/15/2011 9:53:18 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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17 posted on 08/15/2011 9:53:44 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: maggief

Anyone know where the USSS got the money for the buses? Especially since the ‘Rats haven’t approved a budget in over 800 days.


18 posted on 08/15/2011 9:54:11 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: maggief

0dumbo very cleverly says these buses were purchased by the Secret service
and will be used later during campaing for both Dems and Republican candidates
meanwhile we cna believe 0dumbo when he says this is NOT a campaign swing. I wonder if I can interes 0dumbo is sme oceanfront property in Az


19 posted on 08/15/2011 9:54:15 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: maggief

Obama’s

Back of the bus tour

Dead end bus tour

Under the bus tour

Chump on a stump bus tour

Its all about me bus tour


20 posted on 08/15/2011 9:54:58 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: maggief
With all the talk of reform, there needs to be some serious reform in Presidential election campaigns. Campaign finance has gotten as gray as Obama’s head when he's trying to make us think he's worried about something.
21 posted on 08/15/2011 9:57:26 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: hosepipe

I was just talking to a family member about that this weekend.

I truly pray and hope that the Secret Service does a great job keeping him safe. I want him either impeached or beaten at the polls. Anything else will result in him being a martyr greater than MLK and ensure a follow-on term for his wife.

That said, this is America not a 3rd world country. We have a political and legal system to remove leaders. Anything else is lawlessness.


22 posted on 08/15/2011 9:58:17 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: maggief

Operation Rolling Blunder
Tragic Bus
The Magical Misery Tour


23 posted on 08/15/2011 9:58:30 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Winstons Julia

***It says the Republican will use the other bus.***

Built by union workers and fully equipped with bugging devices!!!!!


24 posted on 08/15/2011 9:58:52 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: maggief

The U.S. Secret Service has two new buses in its fleet for President Obama to use on his 3-day Midwest bus trip starting today.

An official tells CBS News the buses were purchased in recent months and will serve as part of the fleet of vehicles the Secret Service uses for all of its protectees.

In the past, the Secret Service would lease buses as needed and outfit them with the security and communications equipment as needed.

"We have not been satisfied with the level of protection offered by leased buses," said a Secret Service official.

Another official said the buses cost the service $1.1-million and are of a size and make the Secret Service finds most suitable for its equipment and protective requirements.

Much ado about nothing. Not much money in the great scheme of things

25 posted on 08/15/2011 10:00:09 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: maggief

Obama’s “Tour de Chance”.


26 posted on 08/15/2011 10:00:32 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: sodpoodle

Hm. You may have a point.


27 posted on 08/15/2011 10:01:18 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: maggief
Lucky us. We get to pay

"Tuppence and thruppence each day,
So he can ride to his ral-lay."

Too much... the Tragic Bus.

Mr. niteowl77

28 posted on 08/15/2011 10:01:53 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("Born in a well? Let me see that birth certificate again!")
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To: maggief

The crease in Obama’s trousers ( made famous by David Brooks) sure looks like it can use a pressing..


29 posted on 08/15/2011 10:03:37 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: maggief

But hey you guys totally ignored the jobs created by his magical bus tour. (major sarc) Next time if the mood hits him and he’s thinking of hitting FL and up-and-down east coast, a different bus for its different purpose. This is yet another opportunity for Obama to stimulate economy growth, by sucker punch us taxpayers every chance he gets.

Yep, don’t forget POTUS’ laser focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.


30 posted on 08/15/2011 10:04:49 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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31 posted on 08/15/2011 10:10:12 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: Winstons Julia
It says the Republican will use the other bus.

Nice that the Democrat/Republican Party can use taxpayer's money for such things, eh?

How about the nominees of other parties?

I say this facetiously, to make a point.

The taxpayers are also paying tens of millions of dollars to pay for their dog and pony show national conventions.

It's a travesty.

32 posted on 08/15/2011 10:11:10 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Just keep the oath. Why is that so much to ask?)
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33 posted on 08/15/2011 10:11:40 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: 70th Division

Debt man Touring on ShortBus-1


34 posted on 08/15/2011 10:12:51 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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(No caption available... Dayton, Ellison, ???)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/127728253.html

35 posted on 08/15/2011 10:14:15 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

I wonder if he sits in the back...


36 posted on 08/15/2011 10:18:04 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: EternalVigilance

As a member of Congress, and now a USSS protectee, maybe Michelle Bachman should be “issued” the other one.


37 posted on 08/15/2011 10:18:54 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

ok ok... let not get silly here, it’s not like they are going to send these to the scrap yard next week. A president (any president) needs to be secure, and I am sure Rick Perry will appreciate these fine buses when he becomes president.

Totally agree. In 2013 if this was happening, FREEPERS would be all over this saying. Thank God that Sarah is safe behind very secure buses. Worth every penny.....if it is President Perry, same thing. That is what I absolutely HATE about politics. Just change the party and president and the article is the exact same. The liberals used to complain about every single thing that President Bush did and now we do the exact same thing.....it is just boring and so predictable.


38 posted on 08/15/2011 10:21:55 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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Reuters Pictures 1 day ago U.S. President Barack Obama walks out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington as he leaves to play golf August 13, 2011.

39 posted on 08/15/2011 10:22:17 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
$2.2 million for Secret Service's new armored buses
April 21, 2011

The Secret Service has revealed to Talking Points Memo that the government has purchased two armored buses for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond.

The agency initially declined to tell TPM whom the buses were bought from, but based on some searches of federal databases it looked to me like the seller was Hemphill Brothers Coach Co. of Whites Creek, Tenn. Last July, the Service signed a contract for nearly $2.2 million with the firm, according to a federal procurement database. (The entry doesn't specify the number of buses.)

"The contract you found is the contract," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Thursday morning. "It's two buses for $1.1 million each."

"We've been overdue for having this asset in our protective fleet for some time," Donovan said. "We've been protecting presidential candidates and vice presidential candidates all the way back to the 1980s using buses during bus tours."

In the past, the service leased buses and then tried to fit them with extra security gear. But that can't provide the assurance of starting from scratch.

"They're certainly going to be used for bus tours around the country," as well as other events, Donovan said. "When protectees go to remote areas, go camping or on a motorcyle trip, we''ll bring the asset out as a mobile security facility." (Kind of like a congressman's mobile office, I guess.)

The final cost of the two new buses will exceed $2.2 million, because the Service prefers to add its own aftermarket security features to vehicles. Donovan said the service will do so in this instance as well.

The $1.1 million price tag is roughly in line with costs for custom-made, luxury motorcoaches. This company quotes prices of $1.5 million to $2.5 million for a new luxury bus.

UPDATE: This post has been updated with comment from the Secret Service.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0411/22_million_pricetag_for_Obamas_new_armored_buses.html

40 posted on 08/15/2011 10:22:25 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Sorks for me. LOL


41 posted on 08/15/2011 10:24:13 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: onyx

Commie bastard. His campaign should be paying for this!

Should he be paying for the Republican bus too. That is why there is two. Who would pay for the Republican bus? So Obama has to pay for an entire bus but the Republicans can split the cost. These bus’ will be used for years and years. It is just now that it happens to be Obama’s presidency that the bus’ were due for getting new ones. It would be the same story in 2013.


42 posted on 08/15/2011 10:24:13 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SERKIT

They don’t give candidates SS protection until they win their party’s nomination, unless the POTUS specifically orders it, like Bush did for Obama.


43 posted on 08/15/2011 10:24:43 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Just keep the oath. Why is that so much to ask?)
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44 posted on 08/15/2011 10:25:22 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Venturer

Isn’t it wonderful how this guy - who promised to stop the rising seas - sets the tone by example?

My environmentalist friends used to coo about his “green” speeches.
And here he is with these environmentally friendly vehicles right?


45 posted on 08/15/2011 10:25:40 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: smokingfrog

The Secret Service has revealed to Talking Points Memo that the government has purchased two armored buses for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond.

Say again who the idiot is? Could it be the person who does not read the article.


46 posted on 08/15/2011 10:25:59 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: maggief
It might be worth it, if they take this route, with a drunken bus driver


47 posted on 08/15/2011 10:28:19 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: hosepipe
Can you imagine the pain living thru a full year of MLK’ing Obama in the main stream media if he got hisself assassinated?..

With Joe Biden as VP, that simply ain't gonna happen.

48 posted on 08/15/2011 10:28:38 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: maggief

Looks like those two, ands the lady is, I think, a Dem congresswoman from MN..can’t recall her naem


49 posted on 08/15/2011 10:29:15 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: maggief


Obama: Good, I can see myself.
50 posted on 08/15/2011 10:29:53 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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